Manuel Javier Muñoz

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Transcription and pre-mRNA splicing are extremely complex multimolecular processes that involve protein-DNA, protein-RNA, and protein-protein interactions. Splicing occurs in the close vicinity of genes and is frequently cotranscriptional. This is consistent with evidence that both processes are coordinated and, in some cases, functionally coupled. This(More)
An insulin-like signaling pathway regulates development and lifespan in Caenorhabditis elegans. Genetic screens that identified many components of the C. elegans insulin pathway did not identify homologs of insulin receptor substrates or the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) adaptor/regulatory subunit, which are both required for signaling by mammalian(More)
DNA damage induces apoptosis and many apoptotic genes are regulated via alternative splicing (AS), but little is known about the control mechanisms. Here we show that ultraviolet irradiation (UV) affects cotranscriptional AS in a p53-independent way, through the hyperphosphorylation of RNA polymerase II carboxy-terminal domain (CTD) and a subsequent(More)
Alternative splicing was discovered simultaneously with splicing over three decades ago. Since then, an enormous body of evidence has demonstrated the prevalence of alternative splicing in multicellular eukaryotes, its key roles in determining tissue- and species-specific differentiation patterns, the multiple post- and co-transcriptional regulatory(More)
Serine/arginine-rich (SR) proteins are important regulators of mRNA splicing. Several postsplicing activities have been described for a subset of shuttling SR proteins, including regulation of mRNA export and translation. Using the fibronectin gene to study the links between signal-transduction pathways and SR protein activity, we show that growth factors(More)
In animal cells, cytokinesis occurs by constriction of an actomyosin ring. In fission yeast cells, ring constriction is triggered by the septum initiation network (SIN), an SPB-associated GTPase-regulated kinase cascade that coordinates exit from mitosis with cytokinesis. We have identified a novel protein, Etd1p, required to trigger actomyosin ring(More)
The insulin/insulin-like growth factor-1 (Ins/IGF-1) pathway regulates the aging rate of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. We describe other features of the three Ins/IGF-1 mutants daf-2, age-1 and aap-1. We show that the investigated Ins/IGF-1 mutants all have a reduced body volume, reduced reproductive capacity, increased ATP concentrations and an(More)
In Schizosaccharomyces pombe, wee1 encodes a tyrosine kinase that inhibits entry into mitosis by phophorylating Cdc2, the universal cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk) that regulates the G2/M transition in all eukaryotic cells. A search for suppressors of the G2 arrest caused by overexpression of wee1 led to the isolation of a new allele of swo1 (named swo1-w1),(More)
We developed selective conditions for long-lived mutants of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans by subjecting the first larval stage (L1) to thermal stress at 30 degrees for 7 days. The surviving larvae developed to fertile adults after the temperature was shifted to 15 degrees. A total of one million F(2) progeny and a half million F(3) progeny of(More)
The Wee1 kinase inhibits entry into mitosis by phosphorylation of the Cdc2 kinase. Searching for multicopy suppressors that abolish this inhibition in the fission yeast, we have identified a novel gene, here named wos2, encoding a protein with significant homology to human p23, an Hsp90-associated cochaperone. The deletion mutant has a modest phenotype,(More)